NEWS: Robinson wins Lewisham post

Lewisham Council has named WaterAid PR chief Mark Robinson as its new head of communications and marketing.

Lewisham Council has named WaterAid PR chief Mark Robinson as its new

head of communications and marketing.



Robinson, aged 37, will arrive at the South London council early next

year on an estimated salary of pounds 35,000.



In the role, which reports to head of policy, equality and

communications Irene Payne, he will head a core PR and marketing

division of six staff.



He will also oversee the PR staff who work within the various

directorates, which include housing and education.



Robinson spent six years as head of communications at WaterAid, an

international agency which specialises in drinking water supply and

sanitation. WaterAid is recruiting externally for his replacement.

Robinson’s team of five handle a range of media relations, publications

and lobbying.



Lewisham’s last head of communications Jim Chrystie left in January to

join the representative body, the Local Government Management Board.



His shoes have been filled on a part-time basis by Greenwich Millennium

press officer Neil Martinson.



‘Lewisham Council has a very good reputation,’ said Robinson, who has

lived in the borough for 12 years. ‘I’m looking forward to promoting

Lewisham to local residents and beyond.’



Robinson’s CV also includes stints the press departments of Save the

Children and the British Heart Foundation.



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